It’s the incendiary bloke-bashing bestseller the French tried to ban. Now, as it reignites the battle of the sexes here, FLORA GILL dares say… I admit it, I hate men

So threatening is the idea of a woman hating men to males in positions of power that, before the book’s publication, Ralph Zurmély, an adviser to France’s gender equality ministry, wrote to the publishers threatening legal action if it wasn’t pulled.

‘This book is quite clearly an ode to misandry, both in terms of the summary on your site and in reading its title,’ he fumed. ‘I would like to remind you that incitement to hatred on the basis of sex is a criminal offence! Consequently, I ask you to immediately remove this book from your catalogue under penalty of criminal prosecution.’